Health seeking behaviour of parents of burned children in Bangladesh is related to family socioeconomics.


OBJECTIVE The study was design to explore the health seeking behaviour of Bangladeshi parents for their children during burn injuries. METHODS A population-based cross-sectional survey was conducted between January and December 2003 in Bangladesh. Nationally representative data were collected from 171,366 rural and urban households comprising of a total population of 819,429, including 351,651 children of 0-18 years. Mothers or heads of households were interviewed with a structured questionnaire in obtaining the information. RESULTS About sixty percent parents seek health care from unqualified service providers for their children during a childhood burn injury. Educated and the higher income groups parents choose qualified service provider at significantly higher rate compared to illiterate and poor. Higher proportion of parents of urban residence chooses qualified service provider compared to rural. No significant difference of health seeking behaviour of parent in choosing care provider was found in relation to sex of the children. CONCLUSION Education, economic condition and place of residence were found as the contributory factors in choosing service provider. Education to the parents can contribute in changes in health seeking behaviour which ultimately contribute in reducing morbidity and mortality from childhood burn injuries. Including parent's education a national burn prevention program needs to be developed to combat the devastating child injury, burn.

DOI: 10.1016/j.injury.2009.05.017

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@article{Mashreky2010HealthSB, title={Health seeking behaviour of parents of burned children in Bangladesh is related to family socioeconomics.}, author={Saidur Rahman Mashreky and Arifur Rahman and Salim Mahmud Chowdhury and Leif Svanstr{\"{o}m and Shumona Shafinaz and Tabassum F Khan and A K M Fazlur Rahman}, journal={Injury}, year={2010}, volume={41 5}, pages={528-32} }